Howard Johnson Express Aiken
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... aspect was that it didn't seem like a wealthy town. I assume that the golf club members come here for the day and the high tail it back to their mansions.
We went to the golf course and I spoke to the security guard who was just inside the entry gates. He advised me very politely that I was trespassing and that I could take as many photo's as I liked as long as I was outside of the gates.
This meant that I got a great shot of the ...
... Brown had a home in Aiken.
Polo was first played in Aiken in 1882. Polo ponies were imported by Tom Hitchcock in the 1880's. Tom and Tommy Hitchcock were considered to be the best at Polo (10 goalers). It is said that F. Scott Fitzgerald is quoted as saying that Tommy Hitchcock was the basis for "The Great Gatsby." Whitney field remains the oldest polo field still in existence.
And, of course, there is more, but I will spare you!!!
... the Bartram Country Club and Mark showed us some of the local area sights including the gates of the beautiful Augusta National Golf Club and downtown Augusta, which is pretty cool.
This trip was a bit of a blast from the past and confirmed we can no longer hang with the big dogs and function properly. Back to the comfortable role of grandparents as we head north to spend couple of days with our son Shawn and his beautiful family in New Bern, NC.
... Oreo cookies. The winning piglet also got Oreo’s.
Avett brothers headlined the first night and were off the hook! They played an upbeat set and exceeded my expectation (that were high anyway) in every regard.
Second night headliners were Old crow Medicine show. They were surrounded by even more hype from the locals than the Avett Bros, but they didn’t do anything for me as original ...
They say we practice the seasons of the church calendar, these same things year after year on a schedule, so that we learn how to act when the time comes unexpectedly. In this sense we are truly practicing. It’s not that there’s something inherently joyful about the 25th of December or mournful about the 40 days leading up to the Sunday of Easter, but we practice during those times. So that when death comes stalking on the 14th of May, we ...